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Some updates about the Chinese National Table Tennis Team 2023

The main players in the Chinese national team in 2023 are released. Liang Jingkun and Lin Gaoyuan were not among the main players.

Some updates about the Chinese National Table Tennis Team 2023.


About the CNT (Chinese National Team)

The Chinese national table tennis team (called in Chinese as Guoping (Chinese national team)) is one of the most successful and dominant teams in the world. It has won numerous medals at the Olympics and World Championships, and its players are known for their skill and athleticism. Table tennis is a popular sport in China, and the country has a strong tradition of producing top-level players.

The team is made up of both male and female players, and it has a dedicated coaching staff and support team. Some of the top players on the Chinese national team include Ma Long, Fan Zhendong, Xu Xin, Chen Xingtong, Sun Yingsha, Wang Manyu.

Ma Long is still a leader in the CNT
Ma Long is still a leader in the CNT

Some players are officially retired: Zhang Jike (retired), Liu Shiwen (retired), and Ding Ning (retired).




Updates about Chinese National Team in 2023

Ma Lin takes over Wang Manyu, Ma Long’s coach.

​​Entering 2023, Guoping (Chinese national team) has completed the competition for the coaching team, and the coaching team has also completed the replacement of the old and the new. Qin Zhijian resigned, and Wang Hao and Ma Lin were promoted to head coaches.


Coach Ma Lin will be the head coach

Next, Guoping (Chinese national team) will determine the head coach for the main players. Who will be the head coach of Wang Manyu and Wang Chuqin? This is a question that fans are particularly concerned about. After all, these two young players are the absolute core of the Paris Olympic cycle.

The China Table Tennis Association issued an announcement announcing the results of the competition for coaches of the National Table Tennis Team.

announcement from CTTA
announcement from CTTA

According to the National Table Tennis Team coach competition work plan and competition method, the list of the new National Table Tennis Team head coach, men’s team head coach, women’s team head coach and mixed doubles team leader has been announced and reported to the General Administration for record.

coach Ma Lin will be the head coach
coach Ma Lin will be the head coach

The new coaches of the national team will be elected by the judges of the competition review committee, the head coach of the national team, the head coach of the men’s team, the head coach of the women’s team, the head of the mixed doubles team of the national team and the representatives of the athletes of the national team. Candidates for the remaining positions in the group, the results are now announced as follows (in alphabetical order by surname):

  • Head Coach of Men’s National Youth Team: Liu Bin
  • National Youth Team Women’s Team Head Coach: Rao Jingwen (female)
  • National team coaches: Chen Zhenjiang, Cui Qinglei, Li Dacheng, Liu Heng, Liu Zhiqiang, Ma Junfeng, Qiu Yike, Sun Xun, Xu Hui, Zhong Jinyong
  • National youth team coaches: Du Peng, Li Lu, Li Zhenshan, Nie Wei (female), Ren Hao, Shen Chao, Yang Yubiao, Zhao Chang

In order to ensure the openness, fairness and justice of the competition, the whole process of the competition was carried out under the supervision of the Disciplinary Committee of the Table Tennis and Badminton Center of the General Administration of Sport of China, the Disciplinary Inspection Representative of the Party Branch of the China Table Tennis Association and some mainstream media.

The three-day national table tennis team coach competition and exchange activities came to a successful conclusion today. After two stages of voting and selection, the competition committee elected the head of the new coaching staff of the National Table Tennis Team.

The head coach is Li Sun, the head coach of the men’s team is Wang Hao, the head coach of the women’s team is Ma Lin, and the mixed doubles team leader is Xiao Zhan. Liu Heng and other 24 coaches entered the list of national table tennis coaches.

The above list will be submitted for approval in accordance with the procedures. In the future, the competition review committee will vote together with the new head coach of the national team, the head coach of the men’s team, the head coach of the women’s team, the head of the mixed doubles team of the national team and the representatives of the athletes of the national team to select candidates for the remaining positions from the list coach.


Women’s team

Let’s talk about Chinese women’s table tennis first. Under Li Sun’s scheduling, Chinese women’s table tennis has completed the transition from old to new in the last Olympic cycle. Today’s Chinese women’s table tennis is not only reasonable in age structure, but also very stable. The five main players are Sun Yingsha , Chen Meng, Wang Manyu, Wang Yidi, Chen Xingtong.

Wang Manyu and Sha sha are the main players in women team
Wang Manyu and Sha sha are the main players in women team

If there is no accident, the Paris Olympic team will be born from these 5 people. For the new head coach Ma Lin, what she has to do next is to continue to improve the overall strength of the team, and then select the best from the best. Of course, it is also necessary to cultivate a reserve force.

At present, the biggest highlight of the women’s team is who will be Wang Manyu’s head coach. The author believes that Ma Lin has a great possibility of taking over Wang Manyu. First of all, Ma Lin served as the head coach of Chen Meng and Liu Shiwen, and Liu Shiwen gradually faded out, so it is logical for Wang Manyu to replace him.

Secondly, Guoping (Chinese national team) has set up a mixed doubles team, with Xiao Zhan as the mixed doubles team leader. Ma Lin’s previous mixed doubles tasks can be removed, and this part of the energy released can be used to coordinate and manage the women’s team. Compared with before, Ma Lin’s mission is clear, and Li Sun is escorting her. It is not difficult to take over Wang Manyu. The key is whether he and Wang Manyu can adapt to each other and quickly spark off.

Sun Yingsha (shasha) is the main players - replace Ding Ning and Liu Shiwen
Sun Yingsha (shasha) is the main players – replace Ding Ning and Liu Shiwen

As for the other main players of the women’s team, there are already fixed head coaches, and it is unlikely that the head coach will be replaced again. That is to say, Qiu Yike will play a very important role in the Paris Olympic cycle. In the future, the core coaches of the women’s team will be Ma Lin and Qiu Yike, and younger coaches will be trained in due course.


Men’s team

The situation of the men’s team is more complicated. Wang Hao is under far more pressure than Ma Lin. Qin Zhijian temporarily resigned from the coaching position, which means that the men’s team suddenly loses a valuable coach. Who will fill the vacancy? At present, the main players of the men’s team include Fan Zhendong, Ma Long, Wang Chuqin, Liang Jingkun, Lin Gaoyuan, as well as young players such as Xiang Peng and Yuan Licen, who have received key training.

Fan Zhendong and Ma Long are the main players in the men team
Fan Zhendong and Ma Long are the main players in the men team

With Qin Zhijian resigning and Wang Hao being promoted to coach, all the main players of the men’s team may To redefine the coaching, that is to say, the men’s team will start from scratch. As the absolute core of the Paris cycle, both Fan Zhendong and Wang Chuqin may be managed by Wang Hao himself, but if the number of coaches is not increased, the men’s team still feels stretched.

Ma Long is still a leader in the CNT
Ma Long is still a leader in the CNT


The 7 main players of national table tennis

Here is the list of the main players in the Chinese national team (Updated in January 2023).

Men’s team: Fan Zhendong, Ma Long, Wang Chuqin

Women’s team: Sun Yingsha, Chen Meng, Wang Manyu, and Wang Yidi

​​The first day of 2023 has entered, and the World Table Tennis Federation also looked forward to the new year on the official social platform, and listed 10 people who are looking forward to. A closer look reveals that this is the current top 10 men’s and women’s singles players. Among them, there are a total of 7 national table tennis players, which are actually the current 7 main players of the national table tennis team. Only 3 of the men’s team were selected, and Liang Jingkun and Lin Gaoyuan were not among them. For Wang Hao, the new official, can he control Liang Jingkun?

For the men’s team, Fan Zhendong, Ma Long and Wang Chuqin were selected. Fan Zhendong has been ranked No. 1 in the world at the end of the year for three consecutive years. In 2021, he won the World Table Tennis Championships men’s singles championship. Although his performance has fluctuated in 2022, he still firmly occupies the top spot of the men’s team. While Ma Long is a treasured sword, Wang Chuqin made the most progress in 2022. With his outstanding performance in the last few months, he got the No. 4 world ranking in one fell swoop and successfully secured the No. 3 singles position of the men’s team.

Ma Long
Ma Long

Fan Zhendong

Fan ZhendongWang Chuqin

Wang ChuqinIn terms of the women’s team, Sun Yingsha firmly occupies the number one position in the world, followed by Chen Meng, Wang Manyu, and Wang Yidi. These four are also the absolute main force of the current national table tennis women’s team. Originally, the national table tennis women’s team was a three-legged situation of Sun Yingsha, Chen Meng and Wang Manyu, but Wang Yidi performed well in 2022, won the women’s singles championship in the National Championships and the Asian Cup, and has approached Wang Manyu in terms of world ranking points. It can be said that the national table tennis women’s team is the competition of these four people.

Sun Yingsha
Sun Yingsha

 

Chen Meng
Chen Meng

 

Wang Manyu and Sha sha are the main players in women team
Wang Manyu and Sha sha are the main players in women team

 

Wang Yidi
Wang Yidi

These 7 people constitute the current seven main players of the national table tennis team, while the original two main players of the men’s team, Liang Jingkun and Lin Gaoyuan, did not appear among them. Lin Gaoyuan has long been proven to be weak in foreign competitions, and this has been further confirmed in the 2022 competition. On the contrary, his performance in domestic competitions is remarkable. Liang Jingkun’s performance is better than Lin Gaoyuan, but he has more negative news off the court, and he was banned by the Chinese Table Tennis Association in 2022.

It is impossible for the national table tennis men’s team to rely on Fan Zhendong, Ma Long, and Wang Chuqin to prepare for the Paris Olympics. Liang Jingkun and Lin Gaoyuan are good reserves. But as the new head coach of the National Table Tennis Men’s Team, whether Wang Hao can manage these two people well, especially Liang Jingkun, is a very important question. Recently, Liang Jingkun has had a lot of negative news outside the court, and he also has some bad actions on the court. Wang Hao must strengthen the education of Liang Jingkun so that he can focus on the court.

the main coach of the chinese national team (1)
the main coach of the chinese national team (1)

Wang Hao and Ma Lin have become the new head coaches of the national table tennis men’s and women’s teams. Next, they will bring these seven main national table tennis players and other national table tennis players to start the journey of the 2023 season. As the so-called new year and new atmosphere, I hope that Guoping will have a good performance in the new year, come on! ​​​​​​



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